The Playwrights Cohort at PlayPenn

The Playwrights Cohort at PlayPenn is produced in partnership with The Dramatists Guild.

Introducing the Members of the 2023-2024 Playwrights Cohort at PlayPenn

Alison Scaramella, Ang Bey, August Hakvaag, Bastion Carboni, Catherine Weingarten, Dave Ebersole, Dylan Lewis, Gabriella Balsam, Geo Decas O'Donnell, Griffin Horn, Jacob Cowan, Jeffrey James Keyes, Julie Zaffarano, Keenya Jackson, Leon Jackson Davenport, Marjorie Bicknell, Matthew Sekellick, Megan Schumacher, Michael Serratore, Michelle Pauls, Monica Flory, Nimisha Ladva, Rodrick Edwards, Rodrick Edwards, Rose Farrell, Santi Castro, Sheridan Merrick, Siddarth Anand, Steven Goldman, Toby Inoue, and Will Vence Jr.

The Playwrights Cohort at PlayPenn is a year-long professional development program open to emerging Philadelphia playwrights and focuses on navigating the industry. Every month experts in their sector will engage the cohort on subjects such as entertainment law, building a portfolio, finding representation, having agency in the rehearsal room, managing personal finances and more. The Cohort operates on a hybrid model, holding monthly meetings in person and online.

Cohort members meet with PlayPenn collaborators and guest professionals for 12 career developmental sessions throughout the year. Sessions are in the hybrid model, with digital and in-person sessions on topics including: Entertainment Law, Finances for Freelancers, Representation, Promoting Work, Agency in the Rehearsal Room, and Development Opportunities.

PlayPenn Board President Nancy Boykin speaks to Cohort members at their first session with Dramatists Guild Co-Executive Director, Emmanuel Wilson

"I'm stepping out of the Cohort armed with a variety of new tools and a sense of clarity and confidence."

-Jeffrey James Keyes, Playwrights Cohort class of 2024